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Researcher! Are you compliant with Open Access requirements?

Published: 8 March 2016

Publicly funded researchers need to be aware of the HEFCE and RCUK requirements for Open Access to research outputs resulting from this funding.

We are fast approaching 1 Apr when the new policy from HEFCE regarding Open Access  to publicly funded research comes into force. In practice this means that any journal articles or conference papers resulting from public funding must be made openly accessible on the web on acceptance for publication. A similar policy from RCUK has been in effect since 2013. A lot of information about Open Access and both the HEFCE and RCUK mandates is available on the web. Do take a look to learn how Bradford academics can ensure they are compliant and won’t inadvertently fall foul of the REF requirements. We are of course happy to assist with any queries you have about this via

In a nutshell

  • RCUK and HEFCE both have Open Access policies.
  • Researchers receiving public funding must make their research outputs openly accessible.
  • The HEFCE Open Access policy requires deposit in Bradford Scholars on acceptance for publication. Papers that are not deposited within three months of acceptance may potentially be excluded from the next REF.

Actions for research staff

  • Double-check your choice of commercial journal is Open Access compliant (we can do this for you – fill in our web form or email us at prior to offering your paper for publication.
  • On acceptance for publication, email us your final author draft of the paper. The Bradford Scholars team will do the rest.

We are also very happy to deposit any past papers you may have into Bradford Scholars. Simply forward your final author drafts to the above email address.

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